Montana Outdoors

June 1, 2013

Idaho sunset

Filed under: Sunsets — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:27 pm

Idaho sunset

Idaho sunset

Idaho sunset

Idaho sunset

More often of late I have been spending the night before a hike at the trail head. That way I can get an early start on the trail (around daylight) but also there is frequently a pretty sunset to be seen from those locations. These were taken a little after 9:30 last night from a trail at the Montana/Idaho border. (As the sunset began to develop I hiked up the trail a ways to get a better setting.)


  1. The pictures are nice in small size and then when I opened them up, WOW, they’re gorgeous.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 1, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    • Thanks Anneli. Sunsets are a reward for being outdoors.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

  2. You continue to amaze me. These are simply gorgeous.

    Comment by jomegat — June 1, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    • There must be something about that specific location. The last time I spent the night in that area there was also a very pretty sunset.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

  3. Terry, that is the best way to begin a hike… Right there at the Trailhead. What incredible photos!

    Comment by twoscamps — June 1, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    • Interesting, isn’t it what you see when you are outdoors. There are always gifts like these from nature.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 10:37 pm

  4. The first is my favorite. All of them certainly give a new slant to the old photographer’s phrase, “the golden hour”. Looking at that third photo, I’m curious. Have you every experienced something called a “false horizon”, where the setting sun, coming down to a ridge or a peak, increases in size exponentially, just as the sun or moon will when they’re rising or setting and appear larger? I’ve only experienced it once, out in West Texas with the Davis mountains to my west. It was an amazing, terrifying and dangerous experience. I was driving at the time, and the entire road and landscape turned into a blaze of setting sun. There was nowhere I could look to get away from it. I know I wasn’t crazy, because there was a passenger who had precisely the same experience. Very strange.

    Comment by shoreacres — June 1, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

    • Yes, I saw that one evening while driving through the four corners area from Denver on the way to Phoenix. For a period of time it seemed that all I could see was a big ball of sun. I’m forming the opinion that a person should never spend any time at all indoors.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

  5. Incredibly rich!

    Comment by bearyweather — June 1, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    • I have experienced color like that in that same location before. I wonder if perhaps the altitude has a lot to do with it. The photos were taken from about 4500 feet and I suspect the horizon was considerably lower.

      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

  6. I never been to the US, but if i ever do, i for sure will visit Montana . Your landscape is so beautiful and these photos fantastic ! // Maria

    Comment by mariayarri — June 2, 2013 @ 12:56 am

    • There is still enough wild country here to be scenic and natural. I hope some day you will have a chance to visit, Maria.

      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 9:52 am

  7. Wow, that’s gorgeous! What stunning colours. Camping there must be a wonderful experience. The time of your sunset shows that you’re further south than us – there is still blue sky here after 10 pm now.

    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 2, 2013 @ 2:45 am

    • You got me thinking, Jo. Turns out I didn’t have the camera time set for daylight. The time was actually 9:30. Still though by 10 here it’s getting pretty dark.

      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 9:54 am

  8. What gorgeous colours and silhouettes. Love the sun peeping just over the horizon.

    Comment by victoriaaphotographyictoria — June 2, 2013 @ 3:37 am

    • From that vantage point, the horizon is probably 70 miles away, maybe more, and I think that’s partly why there are such colorful sunsets seen from there.

      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 9:55 am

  9. They are beautiful photos!

    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — June 2, 2013 @ 5:54 am

    • Thanks. The scene is overlooking the Coeur d’Alene National Forest.

      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  10. I have a fondness for sunset photos and these are stunning. I think my favorite is the first one. The color is gorgeous and the silhouette of the trees just makes the shot!

    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — June 2, 2013 @ 5:55 am

    • Those trees are part of an old-growth forest that the trail winds through.

      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 9:57 am

  11. Truly amazing shots, they took my breath away. The first and last ones are my favourites, both have unusual composures and silhouettes :) x

    Comment by beckarooney — June 2, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    • I love to catch a sunset from a forest trail because of the silhouettes that are always there. I love those rugged old trees!

      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 10:00 am

  12. Spectacular photographs! What a fiery end to the day.

    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — June 2, 2013 @ 8:22 am

    • Thanks Malcolm. Yes, a very nice end to the day and it creates a nice expectation for the next.

      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 10:01 am

  13. Wow, these are gorgeous! Particularly the first and third from top. Wonderful!

    Comment by Val — June 2, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    • Thanks Val. I was pleased and a little surprised to see a colorful sunset that night.

      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

  14. Breathtaking, Montucky! It must have been a serene sunset!

    Comment by Watching Seasons — June 2, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    • Yes, it was. It is especially enjoyable to watch the sun set in those surroundings, no one else around for miles.

      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

  15. Stunning. I miss the New Mexico sunsets over the Jemez mountains…

    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — June 2, 2013 @ 7:15 pm

    • It’s nice if you have a favorite setting for watching a sunset. This would be a favorite place if it were closer; it’s about 45 miles away.

      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

  16. WoooW! You’re not kidding, ‘pretty sunsets to be seen from those locations’… more than pretty, in my eyes! Very beautiful =)

    Comment by Tricia — June 2, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    • There is still much beauty in the wild part of this world.

      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

  17. Wonderful capture of the final color of day.

    Comment by winsomebella — June 3, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    • Thanks! I love watching a sunset in the setting of wilderness!

      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

  18. Beautiful golden captures, I enjoyed these very much!

    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — June 3, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    • It was certainly different than the last time I was there just two months ago. In April there was four feet of snow on that pass.

      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

  19. awesome…both the photo and your adventures!

    Comment by skouba — June 3, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    • Thanks Stacey. This one did turn out to be an adventure, but a good one.

      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

  20. Are there any words for this beauty? Astounding photographs.

    Comment by WildBill — June 4, 2013 @ 9:19 am

    • Nature’s scenes can leave one speechless, can’t they!

      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

  21. I love sunsest and sunrises, the color is so breathtaking, and again a job well done.

    Comment by Evangeline Art Photography — June 4, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    • Thank you. It is turning to the sunset time of year again and I will welcome it.

      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

  22. What a fun thing to do. I wish I was more like you…Beautiful images.

    Comment by Candace — June 5, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

    • Doing things like that is much easier here, Candace. It was only 40 miles to the trail head.

      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

  23. Terrific photos! I do love all of them.

    Comment by Sartenada — June 6, 2013 @ 11:34 pm

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